That's not true, Master! Colonel Stalk has only siphoned off the bad ones and made them do his bidding!
The voice piped up from a nearby pumpkin -- none other than the ghost pumpkin from the forest!
He's made us obey him -- without you here, we didn't have a choice.
Silence, you moldy turnip! screamed Colonel Stalk.
I think he's telling the truth, sir. In case you really want to know.
The Master Pumpkin spoke again in his rumbling voice.
You've forced me to act, Colonel Stalk -- and now, you'll feel the force of this forest's magic.
As he drew on his sorcerer's hat and waved a wand --